In a recent article by Pamela Bond, "A new study has linked phthalates, a substance used in some shampoos, lotions, air fresheners and children’s toys, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although research on the health effects of phthalates (pronounced “thalates”) has been somewhat inconsistent, the latest study, published in Biological Psychiatry, adds to troubling findings about the chemical."

While studying over 260 school age children, between the age of 8 and 11, researchers measured the level of phthalates in the urine. The researchers noted that the higher the concentration of phthalate metabolites in the urine, the more severe the ADHD symptoms. “These data represent the first documented association between phthalate exposure and ADHD symptoms in school-aged children,” noted Yun-Chul Hong, MD, PhD, senior author of the Korean study.

Studies on Phthaltes have been inconsistent previously. Some have linked the chemical to birth defects, asthma, hormone disruptions,and problems with reproduction while others have not found major association between phthalate exposure and health risks.  For more information.

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